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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #750 on: May 16, 2019, 08:57:32 AM »
Surely Bielsa must get sacked for blowing automatic promotion and failing to address such a mentally weak group of players who ballsed up at home in the playoffs?

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« Reply #751 on: May 16, 2019, 09:00:12 AM »
As I survey the debris this morning, one of the things that is particularly galling is the kudos being given to Frank for his inspirational management. I'm convinced their victory was utterly dependent on the hari-kari committed by the Leeds defence rather than Frank's management. 


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« Reply #752 on: May 16, 2019, 09:09:04 AM »
I'm guessing the Bamford for Ireland clamour is gone......

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« Reply #753 on: May 16, 2019, 09:17:39 AM »
Surely Bielsa must get sacked for blowing automatic promotion and failing to address such a mentally weak group of players who ballsed up at home in the playoffs?

Your post is, I assume, designed to get a reaction. Nevertheless I'll respond.

You are correct in one instance. The players are mentally weak and their collapse, following a catastrophic error, mirrored the collapse in the pivotal game against Wigan on Good Friday. Bielsa can only work with what he has and even the resources he had to work with were hugely undermined by a long injury list and a relatively small squad, the size of which was itself a product of Leeds' financial situation. 

Bielsa is a coaching genius. That explains why he managed to get so far with essentially the same group of players that had such a miserable season last year. Achieving promotion would have been the ultimate act of footballing alchemy. The reality is that mentally weak players will bottle big games - it is in their nature. That does not undermine Bielsa's genius - it only highlights the fact that he's not a magician.   



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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #754 on: May 16, 2019, 09:19:06 AM »
As I survey the debris this morning, one of the things that is particularly galling is the kudos being given to Frank for his inspirational management. I'm convinced their victory was utterly dependent on the hari-kari committed by the Leeds defence rather than Frank's management.


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« Reply #755 on: May 16, 2019, 09:30:50 AM »
Surely Bielsa must get sacked for blowing automatic promotion and failing to address such a mentally weak group of players who ballsed up at home in the playoffs?

Your post is, I assume, designed to get a reaction. Nevertheless I'll respond.

You are correct in one instance. The players are mentally weak and their collapse, following a catastrophic error, mirrored the collapse in the pivotal game against Wigan on Good Friday. Bielsa can only work with what he has and even the resources he had to work with were hugely undermined by a long injury list and a relatively small squad, the size of which was itself a product of Leeds' financial situation. 

Bielsa is a coaching genius. That explains why he managed to get so far with essentially the same group of players that had such a miserable season last year. Achieving promotion would have been the ultimate act of footballing alchemy. The reality is that mentally weak players will bottle big games - it is in their nature. That does not undermine Bielsa's genius - it only highlights the fact that he's not a magician.
Spot on there Rufus. I hope he stays.
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« Reply #756 on: May 16, 2019, 09:31:28 AM »
Bielsa could be in the EPL next season if not given a commitment from the Leeds board, an ovbiously very good manager just hands tied stuff from the Leeds board, this all coming from a very depressed co worker of mine who was venting this moring
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #757 on: May 16, 2019, 09:41:37 AM »
Bielsa could be in the EPL next season if not given a commitment from the Leeds board, an ovbiously very good manager just hands tied stuff from the Leeds board, this all coming from a very depressed co worker of mine who was venting this moring

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #758 on: May 16, 2019, 10:28:43 AM »
As I survey the debris this morning, one of the things that is particularly galling is the kudos being given to Frank for his inspirational management. I'm convinced their victory was utterly dependent on the hari-kari committed by the Leeds defence rather than Frank's management.

I'd agree with that. The brain fart from the keeper just before half time, was the turning point.  He almost repeated it a couple of minutes later.
As for Frank's management, going on the attack, when you need to score goals and win the game is hardly rocket science.

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« Reply #759 on: May 16, 2019, 10:58:08 AM »
It's the usual very disappointing loss story. When a team loses like that a number of players malfunction. It's pro soccer so the club will have to buy some new players and build on what was achieved this year . Leeds were 13th last year .
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« Reply #760 on: May 28, 2019, 09:33:57 AM »
Gutted for Frank yesterday.   :)

I note that there has been a lot of talk about Qatari interest in investing in the Club. Would love to see a major takeover and investment that would see us back to the glory days, but I don't think I'd be comfortable with the source of that money and the appalling human rights' record. 

The fact that it appears to have been rebuffed suggests either that Radrizzani shares those sentiments or that he is loathe to give up his stake in the Club or what they are offering is simply not good enough.

However the talk is that Radrizzani has been talking to up to six different parties who have expressed an interest in investing in the Club, so the suggestion would be that he is open to investment from outside.

From trawling through the online media, I have read that the intention next year - as things stand - is that there will be no major investment in the squad and that the key will be to sell some existing players off, use the money generated to replace them and to bring through members of the successful Under 23 squad and to be a wee bit more incisive with our loans strategy.

Villa showed yesterday that astute loan signings can be very influential, and that is something that we can definitely learn from, but the sense is that Bielsa - if he stays - will need to work more magic if we are to be in with a shout of going up.


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« Reply #761 on: May 28, 2019, 11:14:20 AM »
Gutted for Frank yesterday.   :)

I note that there has been a lot of talk about Qatari interest in investing in the Club. Would love to see a major takeover and investment that would see us back to the glory days, but I don't think I'd be comfortable with the source of that money and the appalling human rights' record. 

The fact that it appears to have been rebuffed suggests either that Radrizzani shares those sentiments or that he is loathe to give up his stake in the Club or what they are offering is simply not good enough.

However the talk is that Radrizzani has been talking to up to six different parties who have expressed an interest in investing in the Club, so the suggestion would be that he is open to investment from outside.

From trawling through the online media, I have read that the intention next year - as things stand - is that there will be no major investment in the squad and that the key will be to sell some existing players off, use the money generated to replace them and to bring through members of the successful Under 23 squad and to be a wee bit more incisive with our loans strategy.

Villa showed yesterday that astute loan signings can be very influential, and that is something that we can definitely learn from, but the sense is that Bielsa - if he stays - will need to work more magic if we are to be in with a shout of going up.

Yeah Derby were shrewd enough on the loan front themselves too. If going the loan route though I think it's important that they only agree to deals with an option to buy built in.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #762 on: May 28, 2019, 04:20:31 PM »
Surely Bielsa must get sacked for blowing automatic promotion and failing to address such a mentally weak group of players who ballsed up at home in the playoffs?

He has been retained for another go
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #763 on: May 28, 2019, 04:48:38 PM »
Massive for Leeds that. Now to see if he gets anything to invest at all.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #764 on: May 28, 2019, 08:40:55 PM »
As I said in my last post I don't trust the player mentality to get us up.

Great the that Bielsa has been retained.

Cooper is a good guy but always buckles under pressure, for me he was more at fault for the first goal and he gave away the penalty. Berardi is alway a liability in getting sent off. And Bamford is a complete waste of space, he gets banned for 2 games for diving and in the 1st half he was falling all over the place. It was embarrasing.  Pablos legs had gone by the play offs, he wasnt himself which was a pity but its a long season for him.

Fair play to Dallas showing up when it mattered most and even Harrison turns up in the big games, both can be terrible against weaker teams.

Leeds need another striker badly, roofe and bamford are injury prone too but roofe is far more ruthless. We create a huge amount of chances and terrible conversion rate. I would sell bamford and buy 2 strikers, maybe loans, Gayle from Newcastle linked.

I wouldnt be against selling Clarke if offered 20m. I know he has a great future but he hasnt played well since the collapse from virus which tells me its still lingering. Hopefully he will be fully healthy soon.

The way Derby celebrated the semi final I was glad they lost yday.

I was devastated but im immune to pain where Leeds are concerned in many ways. They remind me of Sligo from the mental perspective and collapse.
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